Organ meats are one of the most nutrient-dense parts of an animal and are a vital addition in any dog's diet. Compared to regular cuts of muscle meat, they are loaded with a long list of minerals and nutrients including vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, A, D, E and K, as well as folic acid, phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium and iodine - they really do pack a punch.
These vitamins and minerals are essential in helping your dog fight disease, maximising energy and supporting their growth, maintenance and reproduction.
What organ meats are best for dogs?
We add liver to each of our recipes as this organ in particular contains high levels of soluble Vitamin A, which aids digestion, keeps sex organs/reproductive organs healthy, and is a powerful antioxidant. It also contains one of the best sources of iron, which is necessary for regulating the immune system, body temperature, muscle activity and haemoglobin. Lastly liver comprises an anti-fatigue factor, which improves the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood and increases their endurance - meaning more time can be spent at the park!
Our chicken recipe 'Chookies' include chicken hearts which contain high levels of protein, a concentrated source of the super-nutrient Coenzyme Q10, and taurine, an essential amino acid. CoQ10 is necessary for the basic functioning of cells, as well as optimising the heart’s rhythm. Heart meat is also an excellent source of Vitamin B12, which is crucial for a healthy nervous system and formation of blood cells.
A natural source of Vitamin D
Organ meats are known to have some of the highest concentrations of naturally occurring Vitamin D - which is remarkable considering its important and numerous functions in the dog’s body. Vitamin D deficiency is related to muscle weakness, cancers, autoimmune diseases and fractures, so including a source of organ meat helps to avoid deficiencies and maintain health.
Organ meat as part of the Fetchit diet
With guidance from our pet nutritionist and through our own extensive research (plus knowing it makes doggy taste buds go crazy!) we knew how important it would be to fill our dishes with these super-meats. This is why each core protein in our 3 recipes is supported with organs to ensure we provide dogs with a diet that tastes good and will help guide them into a long and happy life.